14 March 2021
Private space technology start-up Rocket Pi has set itself an ambitious goal of initiating an orbital space biology lab around 2025. This told company founder Cheng Wei on 14 March Global Times. Rocket Pi is based in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.
It aims to conduct studies of the impact of space on the human body to explore the development of future manned space missions, while also planning to use a bioregenerative life support system onboard its lab to study the feasibility of long-term human stays on the Moon or other extraterrestrial bodies. Rocket Pi has a four-step framework toward its ambitious goals. According to material that the company provided to the Global Times, its spacecraft will be very much like China's manned Tiangong-2 space lab. Rocket Pi also plans to launch its first liquid-fuel carrier rocket codenamed Darwin-1 by the end of 2022.